Familiar neighbors enhance breeding success in birds.

  title={Familiar neighbors enhance breeding success in birds.},
  author={Les D. Beletsky and Gordon H. Orians},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={86 20},
We tested the hypothesis that long-term familiarity with neighbors is advantageous by determining whether male red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) breeding adjacent to familiar neighbors have better reproductive success than other males. Using data gathered during a 10-yr study of breeding success, we found that males with familiar neighbors fledged, on average, significantly more offspring annually than males without familiar neighbors. We also found that the same males, breeding in… CONTINUE READING
Highly Cited
This paper has 79 citations. REVIEW CITATIONS

From This Paper

Topics from this paper.


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 37 extracted citations

Making habitat selection more “familiar”: a review

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology • 2011
View 6 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

Kinship and familiarity mitigate costs of social conflict between Seychelles warbler neighbors

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America • 2017
View 1 Excerpt

80 Citations

Citations per Year
Semantic Scholar estimates that this publication has 80 citations based on the available data.

See our FAQ for additional information.